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Crashes, fatalities continue in Md. despite expanded ‘Move Over’ law

October 3rd, 2019 by WCBC Radio

WTOP reports one year after Maryland expanded its “Move Over” law to prevent roadside crashes, State Highway Administrator Greg Slater isn’t satisfied.

“If you look at the numbers, unfortunately, not much has changed,” Slater told WTOP.

In addition, state highway workers are also at risk every day, including Tuesday morning, after a two-vehicle crash on the Outer Loop of the Beltway: “Our emergency personnel stopped to assist the vehicles in the crash — our operator got out of the car to assist, and was hit by another car,” Slater said.

While the number of crashes in which troopers and state highway workers have been struck has remained steady, there has been a spike in the number of citizens hit on the side of the road.

“Over the last three years, we’ve had 28 troopers hit on the side of the road, and in the past five years we’ve had 50 people killed on the side of the road, after just getting out of the car to change a tire, or with a disabled vehicle,” Slater said.

Last year, Maryland’s law expanded to cover service and utility vehicles, as well as waste and recycling trucks, to emergency, law enforcement, tow trucks and transportation vehicles, with red, amber, or yellow lights flashing.

2 Responses to “Crashes, fatalities continue in Md. despite expanded ‘Move Over’ law”

  1. October 03, 2019 at 12:52 pm, Linmarie said:

    Money talks. The fine for causing an accident is no less then 500.00. If the authority can see they were using a phone then they are immediately taken into custody. The laws are being bent. Two hands on the wheel.

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  2. October 03, 2019 at 1:00 pm, John said:

    Move over law does not prevent accidents.
    Too many drivers change lanes without signals and pull into someones lane…
    Law should be changed to require a signal to change lanes…..

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